50 years ago, 1963: O. E. Schoepfle, Sandusky’s water distribution superintendent of the Big Island water purification and pumping plant, served the city for more than 50 years in that capacity. Prior to 1940, Sandusky’s drinking water came directly from the Bay, from an intake only 1,500 feet from shore. And prior to 1909, the water was not treated for pollution.
25 years ago, 1988: For 26 years Ken and Helen Downing decorated their Vickery Road home near Castalia at Easter time. In 1988 their front yard was decorated with 2,000 real eggs painted different colors, 26 inflated bunnies and hundreds of plastic eggs arranged in the shape of an Easter basket in the center of the yard.
10 years ago, 2003: The U.S. House approved a bill that would expand the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Rep. Marcy Kaptur said the legislation would protect Ohio wetlands and spur the state’s shoreline economies. “We want tourists to enjoy fishing but also some of the greatest bird-watching in the world.” Kaptur said.